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Lalin’s Column: Tumult in the Kandyan hills
Pallekelle rugby grounds, just above the Mahaveli River, looked a lovely green in its gloriously wooded setting. Tabebuia Rosea trees were in glorious bloom on the road side from Kandy .The Knuckles and surrounding hills make this ground about the prettiest of them all. Perfect weather and a firm gr...
03.05.2016 - 08:19 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Nepal: Nepali journalist arrested for ‘personal vendetta’
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has strongly objected to the arrest of Nepali journalist and civil society leader Kanak Mani Dixit on corruption charges. He has been arrested on the orders of the country’s anti-corruption body, the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA),...
29.04.2016 - 12:15
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The Koh-i-Noor Blues
An enviable quality of the Modi government is its capacity to do flip flops without in the least feeling embarrassed—and, of course, never even thinking of accepting that it made a mistake. It is even more enviable that saying sorry is not in its dictionary. Sometimes a U-turn can come within 24 hou...
29.04.2016 - 11:49 By -Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features
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Mahinda critical of the proposed tax increase of the government
“The yahapalana government is now trying to find the money for their political survival through increased taxes on the very people they deceived in order to win power. This is another cynical trick on the part of a government that won power through, and is sustained by deception. This is why the peo...
29.04.2016 - 08:42
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A splendid idea! – Tears You Apart
The outdoor campaign titled – Tears You Apart was launched in New Delhi on Tuesday by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India with technical support from global health experts Vital Strategies to raise awareness of the harms of smokeless tobacco. This outdoor campaign will show images an...
29.04.2016 - 08:01 By Manjari Peiris
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Rear Admiral Kilrain Visit to Sri Lanka and Maldives
Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Pacific (SOCPAC) Rear Admiral Colin J. Kilrain concluded his four-day visit to both the Maldives and Sri Lanka, from April 20-23. During his visit, RADM Kilrain discussed the future role both the Maldives and Sri Lankan security forces could play in hu...
28.04.2016 - 15:53
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ICIJ admits error, removes name of PM Nawaz Shairf
A Spokesman of the Government of Pakistan has said that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has admitted that it had erroneously included the name of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif while publishing details of persons who control Off-Shore Companies...
28.04.2016 - 15:41
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In the light of the findings of this study, countries should reconsider their positions on this important health policy – smoke-free legislation
Large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma have been noticed with the introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe, reveals the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke free legi...
28.04.2016 - 09:37 By Manjari Peiris
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Pakistan National Defence University Delegation visits Sri Lanka
A 19-member delegation from the National Defense University (NDU) Pakistan led by Lt. Gen. Nazir Ahmed Butt, HI (M) is currently visiting Sri Lanka. The Delegation comprises of senior officers from Pakistan’s Armed Forces and Civil Services as well as Officers from Turkey, Iran, Nigeria and Sudan...
27.04.2016 - 08:02
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Rehabilitated former LTTE member ‘Ram’ arrested by Terrorist Investigation Division
Rehabilitated former LTTE member known ‘Ram’ was arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) yesterday, Police said. Ram’s wife had complained to the Thirukkovil Police on Sunday stating that her husband was abducted by a group of unknown individuals. The suspect was taken into custody...
26.04.2016 - 08:24
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Tamil Nadu Poll 2016: Big battle for defeating formidable Jayalalithaa!
Tamil Nadu will elect a new government in three weeks’ time from now. Without any serious doubts one can say the ruling AIADMK is in an advantageous position to retain the Madras fort maybe with very little problems, but then, as it can only be expected, the trend could change drastically in these t...
26.04.2016 - 07:59 By Dr. Abdul Riff Colachal
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Rs 525 Mn revives Lanka’s former chemical pioneer
A now defunct Lankan chemical pioneer is to be revived and construction work shall start before the end of this year to revive the historic manufacturing giant. “We have earmarked Rs 525 Mn to start work on the Paranthan Chemicals Factory in Kilinochchi, The construction work will begin before the...
26.04.2016 - 07:28
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Subramanian Swamy, Navjot Sidhu, Mary Kom nominated for Rajya Sabha
BJP leaders Subramanian Swamy and Navjot Singh Sidhu and boxer Mary Kom were nominated by the Narendra Modi government to the Rajya Sabha on Friday. The list also includes Narendra Jadhav, member of erstwhile National Advisory Council (NAC) headed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Malayalam actor...
25.04.2016 - 09:55
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AIADMK to work for a separate homeland for Tamils in Sri Lanka and for dual citizenship
The AIADMK supremo said the party would make constant efforts to ensure Tamilians in Sri Lanka are given a separate homeland, Press Trust of India reported. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) will ask the Centre to grant dual citizenship to Tamilians who have left Sri Lanka an...
25.04.2016 - 08:29
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Sri Lanka: Sirisena’s reconciliation would fail without punishing the guilty!
Reconciliation is closely and directly linked to repentance by those who have committed sins or crimes- knowingly or otherwise. A fake reconciliation move on the part of any regime that has committed and perpetrated crimes against minorities for whatever reasons cannot ensure peace and stability in...
25.04.2016 - 07:52 By Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Google Bashing: a synonym for a global boomerang?
Hardly a week goes by without some form of news, branding Google, the search giant, as a law breaker, especially in non-English speaking Europe. The catalog of accusations that range from killing privacy to monopolizing search, seem to be giving Google bashers a free passage to moral high ground wit...
24.04.2016 - 08:26 Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…
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Letter From America - Southwest: the official airline for racists and bigots!
As a frequent flyer, I have traveled with the Southwest Airlines a few times. In my operational excellence classes, I have often used it as an example of standardization. But I have stopped flying the airline for quite some time. Its “You Are Now Free To Move About The Country” has become a wildly o...
24.04.2016 - 06:40 By Habib Siddiqui
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Panama raids Mossack Fonseca property, seizes shredded papers
Panamanian investigators on Friday raided a property used by Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of a massive leak of offshore financial data, removing bags full of shredded documents as evidence, a local prosecutor said. "We have secured a large amount of evidence found in the location,"...
24.04.2016 - 06:32
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Loss of a Cultural Icon and a Superlative Sportsman
I was not merely saddened but left shell shocked by the loss of two friends, both decent men of high accomplishment, one a creative genius and the other a superlative sportsman, DB Nihalsingha and Jayampati Opatissa Yatawara. DB Nihalsingha, was a young boy in his early teens when I, in my late tee...
24.04.2016 - 06:22 By Lakshman Ratnapala
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Pakistan Attaches Great Importance To Ties With Sri Lanka: Pakistan President
President Mamnoon Hussain says Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka, which are cordial and friendly. Talking to Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament and his delegation comprising Lankan Minister of Budha Sasena, Justice and Labour Relations Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Sen...
23.04.2016 - 07:19
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